Red alert at Kerala's Idukki reservoir, floods feared in Kochi

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Not only that, the Kerala State Electricity Board (KSEB) also opened all the five shutters of the Cheruthony dam in order to release the excess inflow of the water deposited in the catchment areas of the reservoir from the past couple of days.

The Indian Army has launched a major rescue and relief operation in flood-ravaged Kerala where torrential monsoon rains have killed at least 27 people and left thousands homeless due to flooding and landslides.

One shutter was opened Friday yesterday after a gap of 26 years.

However, in 1992, all the three shutters was opened in the month of October. The 4th and 5th shutters were opened on Friday after 1.30 pm, when the water level was rising at an alarming level.

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A red alert has been issued in Wayanad in the wake of rain havoc. The KSDMA has issued an alert in the nearby areas and has asked people not to panic.

The monsoon, which lasts roughly from June to September, has claimed more than 70 lives across the state this year and damaged crops worth millions of dollars.

With the shutters lifted, water in Periyar, the second largest river in the state, rose to unsafe levels. Five people were reported dead in rain-related incidents on Friday, taking the toll to 27.

Water level had crossed the maximum storage capacity of reservoirs of 24 out of the state's 58 dams, forcing officials to release the water by opening the sluice gates, including three of the Idukki reservoir. Around 2000 residents were moved to relief camps.

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News agency PTI quoted unnamed state officials as saying that a total of 53,501 people were housed in 439 relief camps across the state.

Currently, Monsoon surge is active over the state of Kerala as a cyclonic circulation is seen over Southeast Arabian Sea and adjoining Lakshadweep area in the mid-levels.

Several tourists were barred from entering the hilly Idukki district after roads caved in at many places. Now the United States of America government has advised its citizens not to visit Kerala keeping in mind the risky situation. As per the reports, CM said that he has also spoken with Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Karnataka CM H. D. Kumaraswamy and has brief them about the "grim" flood situation in the state.

The airport would probably be water-logged if the water from Idamalayar and Idukki dams reach Ernakulam, say sources. Offered all possible assistance to those affected. Many other people are injured or missing as rescue operations are underway by National Disaster Relief Force (NDRF) and military team. "As the situation is improved we are resuming all operations from 3.05 pm today", a CIAL spokesperson said on Thursday.

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